For my last post pre-break (which is coincidentally my second post ever), I thought I’d do TWO lists. When I get back from break, I’ll do a non-list post, I promise!
Okay, so, list Numbah One:
THINGS I WILL MISS OVER BREAK
1. My friendz! Friend Matt ’14 left yesterday, promising many skype sessions and candy. He didn’t initially promise the candy, but now that I’ve blogged about it he’ll probably feel obligated to give me candy. My other friends haven’t left yet, which is good, because I will miss them lots. For a better idea of who my friends are, read Blogger Friend Solomon ’14‘s post here.
2. WesWings. WesWings, in my opinion, has the best food on campus. Usdan and Summerfields are also very good, but WesWings is better. I might be biased, because WesWings is conveniently located just across my backyard, making it even better for me.
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3. Watching America’s Next Top Model with Housemate Victoria ’14. This is not entirely due to break, since the season finale of ANTM was last week. Speaking of which, dear Tyra Banks, why do you make terrible choices?ALLISON IS A WINNER. Anyway, Victoria and I love to watch ANTM probably because it is so incredibly stupid. We especially love to watch while working on Developmental Biology work.
4. My classes. My classes, while hard, are very very fascinating and intense. And I especially love when my classes link to each other. *Warning, I am about to rant about biology.* I was incredibly surprised when both my Developmental Biology class and Behavioral Neurobiology Class discussed the Hongerwinter (“Hunger winter” in Dutch), which happened when the Nazis blockaded the Netherlands and deprived them of food for a winter. In Neuro, we discussed that babies who were in utero at that time had a higher incidence of schizophrenia, while in Bio we discussed that the same babies had a higher incidence of obesity and diabetes. Intense, right?
5. My a cappella group. I talk way too much about my a cappella group, Vocal Debauchery. Probably because I love them so much. Since all the members are my close friends, I probably could have combined this with list item #1, but I thought I’d reiterate my love for debauchery of a vocal nature.
6. iHouse dinners! Every other week, two housemates take turns cooking dinner for the whole house. On my week to cook dinner with Housemate Rachel ’14, we made black bean and cheese quesadillas, green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and cheesecake with strawberry topping. Everybody’s house dinner was fantastic, the last one, cooked by Fran ’14 and Emma ’14, featured delicious chicken, rice, beans, salad, and cookies. I’m always very impressed by how much effort my housemates put into house dinner, even though all of us have homework, studying, and other obligations.
7. ADP! I recently (Saturday night, in fact) initiated into one of the two co-ed societies on campus: Alpha Delta Phi. Intriguingly enough, the College Prowler insider’s guide to Wesleyan describes ADP as “The Alpha Delta Psi sorority,” which is very false. In fact, ADP is a fantastic society that both boys and girls can join. I’m very excited to be a part of it, all of my new siblings are very cool people.
THINGS I AM EXCITED TO DO OVER BREAK
1. Jesus of Suburbia sing-alongs. These are very special moments between me and my Dad, and usually occur in cars. In 10th grade, my Sunday school class got switched to be at night instead of in the morning, and thus Jesus of Suburbia sing-alongs were born. Jesus of Suburbia, in case you didn’t know, is a 9-minute song by Green Day about religion and politics and culture and, ya know, angst. Green Day loves their angst and irony. A Jesus of Suburbia sing-along consists of playing the entire song and singing along loudly. Night is the best time for such things.
2. Showering without shoes. Showering with shoes is so weird, and I feel like it’s something that only happens in college. As much as I love the red flip-flops that serve as my shower shoes, I can’t wait to ditch them and shower scandalously barefoot.
3. Eating pickles at 3 AM. I guess I could do this at Wes too, but it tends to only happen at home. Pickles are my absolute favorite food and I can eat a jar a day, which is good because they help keep you hydrated. If you are an Eagles fan, like my dad, you probably know the pickle juice story.*
4. Talking to my brothers. Sample conversation between me and my brothers, Jacob (15) and Ben (8).
Me: I missed you guys so much!
Ben: Did you bring me a present?
Me: No, I go to college which means that I’m perpetually broke.
Ben: Go back to college now.
Jacob: Yeah, you don’t live here.
Me: Oh… Does anyone want to go get [insert delicious snack here] with me?
Brothers: Yes! We missed you so much!
5. Reading for fun. As much as I love my textbooks, I also love other books. I did a bit of reading for fun this semester, but every time I was reading something cool (such as “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman), I’d start to feel terribly guilty that I wasn’t reading my textbooks instead. So yay for reading for fun over break!
6. Watching seasons 2 and 3 of Lie to Me. I watched Season 1 while procrastinating, and the series is fantastic. I have no idea if the stuff I am “learning” about facial expressions and lying habits is true, but if it is, then the show is educational. If it’s all made up, the show is still good but I can’t pretend that watching it is being productive.
7. My doctor’s appointment in Baltimore. I had my first doctor’s appointment in Baltimore in 3rd grade, and it was a wonderful/awful experience. I ‘d been having seizures, and my parents (understandably) wanted to know why. To make the trip and really scary appointment more fun, my parents took me to the Baltimore Aquarium. Initially, I thought that my parents were just really cool people who would take me out of school to see fish. Then I found out that they had ulterior motives, like taking me to see doctors. Thus the “wonderful/awful” thing. Now, when I have to go to Baltimore for appointments, we go get sushi. Over the years, I have transitioned from “Fish are friends” to “fish are food.” Oops.
* The pickle juice story involves an Eagles vs. Cowboys game in Dallas. The story goes that the Eagles were losing very badly, being unused to playing football in the Dallas heat. During a moment of desperation, a fan suggested that the Eagles players drink pickle juice to help them stay hydrated. Magically, this worked, and the Eagles managed to win. Yay!
Have a great break everybody!